Celebrities and charter schools

By Laurie Bennett

May 23, 2014 at 9:34am

Money and fame often go hand in hand, and so it is with charter schools.

Yesterday, we mapped hedge funders’ ties to the charter school movement.

John Legend
John Legend

Today we show connections between sports and show biz personalities and the schools.

Harlem Village Academies has a star-studded board whose members include Katie Couric, Hugh Jackman and John Legend.

Oprah Winfrey has provided grants to several charter school networks through her Angel Network. Tennis great Andre Agassi founded a charter school bearing his name.

He’s not the only star athlete to do so. Former Detroit Piston Jalen Rose started the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit. Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders co-founded an academy, although his career there has been checkered.

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